Young Female Residency Award calls for artists


The Project Space LogoThe 2018 call for the Young Female Residency is open till 25 May – boost your career with a combined 8 months residency between South Africa and France.

The Project Space invites applications for the 2018 Young Female Residency Award. The award offers an emerging female contemporary artist a 5-month residency at the Project Space studio at Victoria Yards, Johannesburg and 3 months in Saint Emilion, France and a solo exhibition at Lizamore & Associates Gallery, Johannesburg.

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The Project SpaceThe residency will offer the selected artist an opportunity to interact with local artists, develop and grow their creative practice, to expand their network internationally and to experience a climate of cultural diversity.

The 2017 South African winner Alka Dass featured in a group show at Turbine Art Fair – 2017, she had a solo project at Investec Cape Town Art Fair – 2018. And she will travel to New York with The Project Space as part of a two-person show at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York -2018 along with the 2017 “rest of Africa” winner Tracey Gillian Abe from Uganda.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be female and under the age of 35.
  • between 2 and 4 years practicing as an artist
  • must work in the medium of either drawing, painting, printmaking and/or sculpture, consideration will be given to exceptional conceptual and photography works.
  • applications are open to South African female artists.

Visiting artists are expected to:

  • work from the studio, interacting with local artists, and experiencing the city,
  • complete a written report on their visit,
  • donate a work to The Project Space on completion of the residency,
  • arrive on time and stay for the full period (five months).

What will a successful applicant receive?

  • A 5-month residency in Johannesburg including a material stipend and accommodation if the winner is from outside Johannesburg
  • Solo show at the end of at the residency
  • A return flight ticket to France for a 10-week international residency with SAFFCA in 2019, including R45,000 stipend while on residency in France
  • Turbine Art Fair group show together with the 2 runners-up

How to Apply

  • This applicant must be able to participate in the full programme starting on 01 July and ending on 30 November 2018.
  • Applicants should not expect to profit financially from their stay as this is a cultural development programme.

Applicants must submit:

  • a representative portfolio of work
  • a substantial curriculum vitae with full names, references, addresses and contact numbers
  • a brief letter of motivation, not more than one A4 page long, outlining reasons for wishing to join the programme.
  • Applications must be submitted by e-mail to

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